Creative Scotland - getting ready to miss the great big digital opportunity.

Photocredit - Chris Watt

Creative Scotlad was formed on 1st July 2010, so that will be exactly six months ago today. For that day I wrote a piece in the Scotsman which the Creative Scotland chief executive, Andrew Dixon, directly quoted from at the launch event in the Roxy later that same month. I proposed diverting money out of subsidising individual arts companies and performances and putting it into building a digital infrastucture which delivered listings, ticketing and EVERYTHING else that web 2.0 functionality makes possible. By taking a pro-active, strategic approach to enabling people both in Scotland and anywhere else to participate in the arts in Scotland, the economic benefit would outweigh the cost - and much more importantly, the access an the audiences for the arts in Scotland would be increased.

I've also banged on about this idea here and here and here and here and here to explore the details and opportunities. I've met with Andrew Dixon, the List, the Edinburgh Pilot Portal Project and Scottish Enterprise; given presentations at two Barcamps and sought to battle through the fears of the naysayers in order to enable them to share the vision of a digital strategy for Scotland which is commensurate with the opportunity the techology offers and appropriate to who we are and will be as a nation (not just white men in kilts)

 

At this point, on new year's day, I have to concede failure. Whatever discussion Creative Scotland may or may not have about this idea it now seems clear that when their strategy is finally unveiled in March it will be more of the same old subsidies - pretending to be investment. Audiences will still be treated as statistical data rather than people and the prospect of Listings, Ticketing and EVERYTHING else Web 2.0. functionality makes possible will be just another opportunity missed. But I don't care, I'm not taking this personally (oh yes he is). I'm not fussed that Fiona Hyslop and her team are supporting the idea of a New Scottish TV company, which is going to cost £75 million, so we can all stay home and watch even more TV - as if that's going to answer any of the countries cultural/health needs. I'm not fussed that Fiona Hyslop and her team seem unable to grasp the opportunity to use digital techology to get out of our homes and into the public places where we can communally engage in the live experience of......well it's your choice.

 

Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

 

Views: 34

Tags: arts, creative scotland

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of 38minutes to add comments!

Join 38minutes

Comment by Richard Saville-Smith on January 8, 2011 at 21:55

Cheers Kevin. It is my humble view that people like me should not be deemed difficult, but rather welcomed by those who know better (sic) and if They want to dismiss positions such as mine, they should do it on the basis of  logic and (researched) facts rather than prejudice and the fear of cohent criticism.

Comment by Kevin Bradshaw on January 7, 2011 at 14:23

Great piece Richard. Big kudos to you for being smart and brave enough to be honest. You'll be labelled as "difficult" now :-)

 

Good for you, we need a lot more smart, honest, difficult people if we are ever to get Scotland to produce world-class digital media companies.

Members

Latest Network Activity

Lucy Harwood added a discussion to the group Wanted; Jobs, Skills, Resource
Thumbnail

Commission available: Design and programming of bespoke display units for hospital exhibition.

A design opportunity for a significant project at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) and Department of Neurosciences (DCN) in Edinburgh is available.This project brief is for the research, programme development and cabinet specification for a series of bespoke display units and presentation solutions for artefacts which are to be transferred from the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCN), the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) and the Lothian Health Archive, to the new…See More
23 hours ago
Lucy Harwood commented on David Brown's group 'Wanted; Jobs, Skills, Resource'
"Commission available: Design and programming of bespoke display units for hospital exhibition.  This design opportunity constitutes a significant project at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) and Department of Neurosciences (DCN) in…"
23 hours ago
Lucy Harwood joined David Brown's group
Thumbnail

Wanted; Jobs, Skills, Resource

WANTED: skills, services, and products
23 hours ago
Louise Ross is now a member of 38minutes
yesterday
Kim McNeil added a discussion to the group Wanted; Jobs, Skills, Resource
Thumbnail

Studio Coordinator (Maternity cover): Immediate start

ISO is one of the UK's leading digital design studios. A position for studio co-ordinator has opened up for an individual who will manage general office admin and the smooth running of our busy studio.Full job details can be accessed here http://bit.ly/ISOsc///Role:This is a key role within our studio to assist with the day-to-day running and to help keep things organised, liaise with our suppliers and be an initial point of contact for staff,…See More
yesterday
Kim McNeil joined Genny Cotroneo's group
Thumbnail

Central Station

Central Station is a creative social network, a melting pot of talent, attracting thousands of users from 150 countries across the world.
yesterday
Stephen Cullen added a discussion to the group This way for talent
Thumbnail

Typography or animated video maker required

Interested in producing a one-off animated or typographic video? It will be around 45 seconds long and used to promote a competition. Interested? Contact me at stephen.cullen@ceis.org.ukSee More
Tuesday
Stephen Cullen added a discussion to the group Wanted; Jobs, Skills, Resource
Thumbnail

One-off Typography or animation video maker required

Looking to make a one-off 45 second video to promote a competition online. Interested? Contact stephen.cullen@ceis.org.ukSee More
Tuesday

Companies, Groups and Organizations.

Contributors

38minutes is run by a small group of
volunteers, including:

 

Nicola Sinclair

Site editor

 

 

 

Gavin Robertson

Groups Co-ordinator

 

 

 

Espen Brunborg

Runs the Web group

 

 

 

Ashley Smith Hammond

Runs Digital Innovation group

 

 

 

Frank McGowan

Runs TV & Film group

 

 

 

Brian Baglow

Runs Gaming group

 

 

 

Would you like to volunteer? Get in touch!

Photos

Loading…
  • Add Photos
  • View All

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2015   Created by Nicola Sinclair.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service